Brewing up a new apprenticeship scheme in Scotland for beer enthusiasts

Monday, July 08, 2019 - 13:23

You may have seen in the news this week the exciting announcement that a new Brewing Apprenticeship has been launched in Scotland, offering budding brewers the chance to learn the fine art of beer production and we, the NSAFD, have played a key role in developing the initiative.

The scheme, which we developed with support from Scotland Food and Drink and a variety of large and small brewers, was commissioned by Skills Development Scotland and has already secured backing from industry leaders and employers across Scotland.

The new accreditation is part of a collection of new qualifications introduced to develop the pipeline of skilled industry talent.  The Modern Apprenticeship in Brewing will enable students to learn the trade on the job with the support of an employer while working towards a qualification which is designed to equip the learner with the relevant skills needed to secure employment in the industry.

The apprenticeship is the latest food and drink initiative to be launched by industry leaders with a view to attracting key sector talent – a priority outlined in the Scotland Food and Drink 2030 Ambition Strategy. The strategy focuses on establishing stronger links between the industry and education providers to promote the benefits of working in the sector to those leaving school.

Breweries in Scotland currently account for more than 8,500 jobs, while 51,000 people are employed within the beer and pub trade across the country. As one of the oldest industries in Scotland, sector experts see the new apprenticeship scheme as a great way to recruit young talent into the industry.